popcorn bar for a partyIf there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mom, it’s that kids love popcorn. They devour it. So when I have a group of kids I need to feed (beyond a meal) — and I want things to feel festive — a popcorn bar is the perfect solution.

Here’s how it goes.

Step 1: Pop a lot of popcorn. I like to stove pop it using olive or vegetable oil — or you can keep the fat down by air popping.

Step 2: Gather an assortment of herbs, spices, etc. This is also a good time to introduce some new flavors that your kids might not be familiar with. Some of our favorite popcorn toppings are:

  • Mexican hot cocoa: Unsweetened hot cocoa with a dash of cinnamon and cayenne.
  • Za’tar: A Middle Eastern spice blend featuring oregano, sumac, sesame seeds and more.
  • Parmesan cheese: Need I say more?
  • Nutritional yeast: Adds a nice cheesy flavor, without the cheese.
  • Cayenne pepper: Perfect for those who want to go bold and spicy….but not too bold and spicy.
  • Cinnamon-Sugar: Makes kids feel like they’re getting a decadent treat.

Step 3: Set up popcorn, along with an assortment of toppings and a mister filled with olive oil.

Step 4: Show the kids how to spray the oil on their popcorn (this will help the toppings stick), then let have at it.

Step 5: Watch as they devour the popcorn and feel like accomplished chefs!

What other favorite popcorn toppings do you have?

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